. . .
Mr Chambers that contracted with the Surveyour for a quantity of reed,
and received £. 20 imprest hath not sent in any yet.
The purser of the Old James hath formerly contracted for a
quantity broom bavins and to be delivered in here, which he hath not
performed, you Honours would do well to force him to comply with his
contract in regard there is so little to be had and he can very suddenly
[SP 46/137 Part 5 no. 364 in NRS 125:102]
Sir Richard to the Navy Board
Chatham, 25 April 1677
Whereas you are pleased to inform me that at Portsmouth they make
use of nothing but broom to bream ships with, I suppose the same is
occasioned from their want of reed, for broom is very dangerous fire to
burn upwards under the wales and especially when the wind blows hard,
however we do make use of as much as we can with safety.
I have ordered the Purveyor to buy what quantity he can ere it be bought
up by the builders in these parts, for we find it very hard to porcure as
well as reed.
He tells me that Sir John Banks hath a parcel of eight thousand reed
sheaves to dispose of, which I have directed him to endeavour the buying
of, if the same may be had upon reasonable terms and that he desire Mr
Kipping to forbear the disposing of his parcel of oak timber till such
time as he hear further from me.
[ADM 106/321 fol. 128, in NRS 125:130]
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